Governor Vittorio was a vain man. He liked to keep beautiful things around him. He restored the beauty of the ancient city of Tuscolio. He commissioned the massive sculpture, “Dance of the Satyrs” and placed it the City Center.
Perhaps it is no surprise that his daughter, Rosetta emerged as one of Europe’s most beautiful women. Men arrived from everywhere in the world to court her. This kept Vittorio rather busy. Eventually, he placed her in the tower of the Capital Building beside the City Center. From the age of sixteen on, she had no contact with anyone beside her matronly assistants.
The press still photographed the beautiful Rosetta as she stood at the window. Fans would wave to her, and even one supernaturally lifelike satyr in the sculpture seemed to wave too.
Then one day, a scandal broke. Rosetta was pregnant! Vittorio raged through the Capital Building, screaming at his staff and hurling things. His staff claimed no one had entered her rooms. Her pregnancy was a miracle, they claimed. Vittorio would have none of it. Within hours, all the males of his staff were sacked.
Days after Rosetta gave birth, she finally emerged in public after years of isolation. She carried her baby in her arms amid crowds of adoring fans. She stopped at the sculpture. A nearby photographer saw her look up at the waving satyr and murmur, “Say hello to your son, my love.”
Written for Sunday Photo Fiction: https://sundayphotofictioner.wordpress.com/2017/05/14/sunday-photo-fiction-may-14th-2017/